I Hate Skin-Tight Denim Shorts—Here's My Secret to Finding Relaxed Fits

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True story: All I wore from ages 13 to 18 were short shorts from American Eagle. Nowadays, I'm not exactly jazzed about revealing, skin-tight denim shorts, so I look for much more relaxed styles, and they can sometimes be hard to find. The secret to my search is paying attention to the leg opening measurements, which are roughly around 25 inches or higher for looser fits and around 21 inches or lower for tighter styles. 

Even though I appreciate a good pair of skinny jeans as much as the next person, I can't say the same for my shorts. Relaxed shorts are so much chiller and easier to wear in my opinion. So without further ado, scroll down to shop my favorite relaxed denim shorts on the market right now.

Short Shorts

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Perfect for showing off your new summer sandals. 

I love this ultra-light wash. 

You can never go wrong with a pair of Levi's.

These top-rated shorts also come in a couple of other colors.

Madewell never disappoints when it comes to denim. 

I'd wear these with a crisp white tee and Converse sneakers. 

These shorts have a 26-inch leg opening. 

These shorts would go perfectly with a leather jacket. 

"Bombshell" is right there in the name, so you know these shorts are good. 

The look of a skirt but the convenience of shorts. 

Medium and Long Shorts

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This longer length is great when you're not in the mood for revealing short shorts. 

Bermuda shorts are back, baby. 

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Eloquii has a highly underrated denim selection you should definitely check out. 

These remind me of shorts I'd wear in middle school. What's old is new again. 

Reformation always hits it out of the park with its denim. 

Yep, I'd also style these shorts with Birkenstocks. 

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The fashion crowd simply can't get enough of Khaite. 

Don't be afraid to test-drive the Bermuda-shorts trend. 

I love how these relaxed shorts are styled with a blazer for a hint of polish. 

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